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and president obama goes back in time, biblical times. >>> and with congress poised for its first fight over gun it is, the white house prepares to ramp up the pressure. i will talk to a connecticut congressman. >>> first, topping political headlines, the senate passed a budget for the first time in four years. like the student these once were, they pull and all-nighter and wrapped up voting around 5 a.m. now, they head off on spring break for two weeks. but all is not necessarily well in the democratic dorm room there were four democratic senators who voted against the budget plan, all of whom are up for re-election and one, frank lautenberg from new jersey, he didn't vote at all. meanwhile, politico reporting senator tim johnson from south dakota not planning to run again in 2014. that puts yet another democratic seat in play. another notable democratic senator planning to step down, michigan's carl levin. yesterday on her facebook page, former governor jennifer granholm announced not to run for his seat. >>> and the president is on his way home right now. president obama spent four days in th
report. >> thanks. >> we have msnbc contributor perry macon and ben labolt the former obama press secretary for the 2012 campaign. and contributor and republican strategic susan del percio. i want to start with the breaking news at the back end of the last hour regarding hillary clinton coming out for marriage equality in a video that's just breen leased on the human rights campaign website. take a listen to part of it. >> a little over a year ago in geneva, i told the nations of the world that gay rights are human rights. and human rights are gay rights. and that the united states would be a leader in defending those rights. now, there were some countries that did not want to hear that. but i believe america is at its best. when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being. >> ben, i want to start with you, your reaction with this. let's remind everybody that the clintons are going in order here with the former president asking the supreme court to strike down doma. and now on the heels that, hillary clinton coming out in support of marriage equality. >> well that's r
obama arrived in jordan. what this trip could mean for mideast peace. i'll talk with joseph lieberman. ♪ ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. ♪ right. but the most important feature of all is... the capital one purchase eraser. i can redeem the double miles i earned with my venture card to erase recent travel purchases. and with a few clicks, this mission never happened. uh, what's this button do? [ electricity zaps ] ♪ you requested backup? yes. yes i did. what's in your wallet? no they don't. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain't nothin to me ♪ ain't nothin to me [ crowd murmurs ] hey! ♪ [ howls ] ♪ >>> we're keeping our eyes on wall street as stocks opened higher on the news of a deal for cyprus. we like it when the green ar
, sir. appreciate it. >>> now to president obama's mission in the middle east. in just a matter of hours the president will board airforce one for a trip that could be pivotal in resurrecting his reputation in that part of the world. his first stop, israel, where he will speak directly to israelis and seek to reassure that country's people. then on to the west bank, a visit to the means to signify what the president wants to see of a two-state solution. finally on to jordan where he will reaform the stability of the u.s. bond with that arab nation. this will be the president's first visit since the revolutions that spring that hopes for democracy would bring. in his first speech since nearly four years ago in cairo, in which he extended an olive branch and sought to heal deep divides with muslims across the globe. >> so long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace and this cycle of suspicion and discord must end. the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. >> tonight at
, i'm alex witt in for thomas roberts. and topping the agenda today, obama in israel for the first time as president. in fact, any minute, we're going to hear from president obama as well as israeli president peres following a closed door meeting happening right now. the president arrived in israel just before 8:30 a.m. eastern time for the first foreign visit of his second term in office. he was greeted on the tarmac with pomp and symbolism. given a warm red carpet welcome from israel's president and prime minister. >> the people of israel welcome you with open heart. we deeply appreciate your friendship and we share your hope that the middle east will enjoy a future of freedom, prosperity and peace. >> i'm confident in declaring that our alliance is forever. >> day one has already brought a packed agenda for president obama in israel. again, at this hour, he's holding closed bilateral talks there in jerusalem. president obama will hold another closed door discussion, this time with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. now, despite a tense and somewhat tenuous relationship,
be popular in israel. barack obama, to be candid, has not been popular in israel as compared to bill clinton and george bush. what this speech was about was trying to do in one hour what those politicians had done through engagement week after week, was to show the israelis that he understands intellectually, politically, he understands why they feel special about their country. to bring all that together, and as andrea said, this speech was designed to do all that. barack obama has shown in his career that these big set-piece speeches are his probably best tool as a president and as a political leader. if he can launch it, this will be the way to launch it. >> what is interesting, also, another aspect he brought was really an emotional connection. i was here with you. he's talking as a parent and reached out to israeli parents and said, were you to speak to some of these young palestinians i spoke with this morning, you would wish them well, you would wish them prosperity and peace. how much, jamie, do you think israeli and palestinian politicians can step outside of their role as politicia
.s., the obama administration, very reluctant to get in involved. we just had gotten out of iraq, are still in afghanistan and the american people are drained. there is growing pressure on both left and right, particularly from both carl levin, and john mccain, the leading armed services republican last week, writing to the president saying, we've got to do more. we've got to stop assad from hitting his own people from the air. we've got to take out some of his air power, and we should be using military force. craig? >> nbc's andrea mitchell in amman, jordan. andrea, thank you. safe travels. >> reporter: sauthank you so mu craig. >>> and president obama is back at 1600 pennsylvania avenue after a busy four days in the middle east. he met with israeli, palestinian and jordanian leaders but did not get a happy homeum canning this morning from house intelligence chairman mike rogers. >> this has such global implications, and i really, candidly i thought the trip was a dus appointment for us. i think the president's squandered great opportunity to actually show leadership. >> reporter: and epic
. president obama expected to speak at a naturalization ceremony for 28 new citizens. and talk about another rich american trying to make a difference on the issue of immigration reform. ♪ oh. let's go. from the crack, off the backboard. [ laughs ] dad! [ laughs ] whoo! oh! you're up! oh! oh! so close! now where were we? ok, this one's good for two. score! [ male announcer ] share what you love with who you love. kellogg's frosted flakes. they're gr-r-eat! duty service members. that ceremony coming weeks after obama had issued an executive order allowing many illegal immigrants brought over to the u.s. as children to remain in the country, avoid deportation otherwise known as dreamers and the dream act, which was widely debated. then he signed that executive order that was specifically focused on that group. also, the president this week today now back from his trip to the middle east refocussing on the very issue of immigration reform the bipartisan panel expected to have some progress in the next two weeks, despite some difficulties within recent weeks. we're going to continue to watch t
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